Sideways trade on Equity Residential


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Equity Residential is flattening out after a long ascent, and one investor is looking for it to move sideways.

optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the sale of 5,000 August 60 calls for $1.35 and 5,000 August 60 puts for $3. There was no open interest in either contract before the activity occurred.

The transaction generated a credit of $4.35, which the trader will keep if EQR closes at $60 on expiration. Gains will erode on either side of that level, and turn to losses below $55.65 and above $64.35.

The real-estate investment trust is up 0.1 percent to $58.52 in afternoon trading. It climbed about 40 percent between April 2010 and April 2011, but gains have been slowing since then as shares push against their all-time high around $61 from late 2006.

Stocks often pause at such levels, creating opportunities for market-neutral strategies that make money from the passage of time rather than a directional move. Today's trade, known as a short straddle, is one of the most popular. (See our Education section)

Overall option volume in EQR is 9 times greater than average so far in the session.

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